Our Mission

Shortridge Academy nurtures the cognitive, emotional and social development of bright yet struggling adolescents within a therapeutically supportive, educational community. Guided by a Positive Youth Development perspective, we partner with students and their families to identify strengths, develop skills, prepare for traditional academic environments, and pursue healthy, productive adulthood.   

How We Accomplish It

We accomplish our mission using clearly defined, goal-directed plans, evidence-based strategies, and a college preparatory curriculum that is respectful of learning differences. Our goals, grounded in Positive Youth Development, include: 

  • building healthy decision-making skills
  • establishing and maintaining trusting relationships
  • embracing and implementing a healthy lifestyle
  • recognizing and developing individual leadership potential
  • creating personal goals; developing resiliency and self-efficacy
  • establishing a more positive role within the family